As federal background check legislation passes, gun laws in Oklahoma loosen

On the same day U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn voted in favor of federal background check expansion on gun purchases, Oklahoma loosened its restrictions on gun ownership.
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Criminal justice reform bill sees pushback from district attorneys

Prosecutors say the proposal could have far-reaching, unintended consequence and clog the courts with old cases.
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Two Oklahoma jails are submitting DNA from recent arrestees to the OSBI; As many as 17 more expected to join them

The program is the result of a controversial law passed in 2016 that only just got off the ground late last year.
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Oklahoma City says it will take action if federal investigation finds recovery program broke any laws

Attorneys for the city met this week to discuss the Firstep men’s and women’s recovery program in response to a joint investigation by The Frontier and StateImpact Oklahoma.
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Oklahoma struggles to keep workloads manageable for child welfare workers

In Tulsa County, Just 34 percent of child welfare workers met caseload standards midway through 2018, according to the report.
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Attacks on police officers would be considered hate crimes under proposed bill

The bill would allow someone convicted of a hate crime against an officer to receive a sentence of death or life without parole.
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Head of Oklahoma conservative think tank likens proposed lobbying rules to Jim Crow-era laws

The proposed rules would require groups engaged in indirect lobbying to disclose spending, donors and put disclaimers on advertisements, phone calls or other communication stating that it is a “lobbyist communication.”
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Ethics Commission considers rules creating new category of lobbyist, requiring disclosures

“The idea is when somebody is funding communications that involves pending legislation and is urging a specific vote on the legislation, there needs to be disclosure," said Ashley Kemp, Ethics Commission executive director.
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Proposed law would criminalize abortion, allowing for life sentences for women who undergo the procedure

The bill, proposed by Sen. Joseph Silk, R-Broken Bow, would require the state AG to ensure all abortions resulted in criminal charges. Abortions rose in Oklahoma in 2017 after several years of being in decline.
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Oklahoma spends millions in overtime pay to staff prisons

Oklahoma prisons are facing critical staffing shortages. Oklahoma Department of Corrections spent $15.5 million on overtime pay last fiscal year.
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